Critically-acclaimed singer songwriter Julia Fordham is to perform at an up-close-and-personal gig at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Monday, November 17, as part of a UK homecoming tour after years living and working in Los Angeles.
With a long and illustrious career, selling millions of records worldwide, to her credit, the Brit star first burst onto the music scene in 1988 with the International hit Happy Ever After, followed by her highly-praised album, Porcelain, which included the hits Manhattan Skyline and Lock and Key.
Her third album, Swept, featured the beautiful ballad Love Moves In Mysterious Ways from the movie, The Butcher’s Wife, which reached the Top 20 in the UK and the No1 spot in the Philippines.
Her 10th album, China Blue, is a collection of original jazz compositions, except for one song: a reinterpretation of Michael McDonald’s I Keep Forgetting with Michael himself contributing his amazing vocals.
Her latest project, Unusual Suspects, is an intriguing collaboration with Paul Reiser, creator and star of the hit TV sitcom Mad About You, and a gifted musician and classically trained pianist.
Three of Julia’s albums have been produced by Grammy winner Larry Klein and her 2005 live CD (That’s Life) and DVD (That’s Live), features Klein as producer and bass player in an all-star band that includes the Academy Award-winning trumpet player/composer, Mark Isham. On the soulful song Concrete Love, she performs a stunning duet with another Grammy winner, India Arie.
Julia’s Baby Love EP (released in 2006) is a set of unconditional love songs, all dedicated to her daughter, Marley Rose.
After the devastating tsunami struck in 2004, Julia was involved in a charity project that helped rebuild a school in India, with proceeds from a Happy Ever After remix. It featured a children’s choir from a village near her hometown on the south coast of England. This brought Julia back full circle to where she first started writing and performing songs in local folk clubs as a teenager.
Tickets for her Nov 17 gig at the Lemon Tree are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.